London Lite Friday, 24 July 2009 Amys in the clear over fan assault claimby georgina littlejohn E Continued from P1 Fan: Sherene Flash asked Winehouse for a photograph at a charity ball AMY WINEHOUSE was today found not guilty of common assault. The 25-year-old singer had denied punching fan Sherene Flash when she asked her for a photograph at a charity ball in London last September. Judg e Timothy Workman dismissed the charge, saying: I cannot be sure that this was not an accident. Winehouse looked confused as the verdict was read out, shrugging her shoulders, and did not leave the dock until her solicitor appeared to clarify the decision. As she left the courtroom, she told fans waiting outside: Im relieved. Im going home. Earlier the star, looking tense and puffing on a cigarette, had a r r i v e d a t We s t m i n s t e r Magistrates Court in a black skirt, white shirt, grey suit jacket, pearl necklace and matching earrings. Once inside, she sat in the dock fanning herself with a notebook and fiddling with her hair. Her defence counsel, Patrick Gibbs QC, had called the incident an unfortunate accident and said the main injury of the evening was to Ms Flashs pride because she had been made to look a bit silly in front of her friends and colleagues. He told the court that Ms Flash had been up close to [Winehouses] shoulder with an arm around, or about to be right around her neck. He also reminded the court of how delicate Winehouse was at the time and added: Five feet seven in burlesque heels places you at quite an advantage over five feet two in ballet pumps. Earlier, he had questioned Winehouses bodyguard Mark Dawson who said that when Ms Flash approached the singer she was with her stylist and PA back- stage. He added: As I walked in she was more or less on top of her. I saw Miss Winehouse react. It was an instinctive reaction. But he said she did not clench her fists or punch Miss Flash. Winehouse had to miss her grandmothers funeral yesterday to attend court but later joined family and friends to pay her respects. She was said to be upset by the death of 86-year-old Esther, who had suffered from Alzheimers Disease for the last year. Inbrief Illegalimmigrant guardedroyals A SOLDIER in an elite Army unit responsible for protecting the royal family was an illegal African immigrant who signed up under a false identity. Named only as Kapinga, he took part in Trooping the Colour in front of the Queen last month with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. Arrested on Monday, he was found to have many aliases. Father Feds joy at birth of twins WIMBLEDON champion Roger Federer today celebrated becoming a father for the first time after his wife Mirka gave birth to twin girls in Switzerland yesterday. The babies have been named Myla Rose and Charlene Riva. The Swiss tennis star, 27, revealed the news in a statement posted on his Facebook page, adding: This is the best day of my life. Four-day strike by postal staff LONDON postal workers begin four days of strikes tomorrow in a ongoing row over pay, job cuts and services. Further strikes will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Communication Workers Union accused Royal Mail of turning down its offer of talks. The knock-on disruption will mean delays to mail for most of next week. Post Offices will remain open. Boy, 16, quizzed over acid attack A BOY aged 16 was being questioned by police today over the attempted murder of a man in an alleged honour acid attack. The victim, 24, was stabbed and had acid poured in his mouth in Leytonstone on 2 July. He suffered severe injuries and is critical but stable in hospital. Two men are charged with attempted murder. Im going home: Winehouse smoking outside court today December last year when his party clashed with Mr McGee. The prosecution told how Gerrard became furious and lost it, punching Mr McGee with the style and speed of a professional boxer. Gerrard, 29, denied affray and claimed he was acting in self- defence, having mistakenly believed Mr McGee was about to attack him. He was the only one of seven defendants to be cleared over the incident. Judge Henry Globe told Gerrard: The verdict is a credible verdict and you walk away from this court with your reputation intact. Gerrard said: Im glad to put this case behind me. Im going to concentrate on my football. Row: Marcus McGee was punched by Gerrard H Gladtoputcasebehindme index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html